Considering a move from D750 to a Bridge (possibly FZ330) - thoughts?

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I have realised that I am using my DSLR kit (D750, Tamron 24-70/Nikon 16-35 VR) and back up D3200 so infrequently now that I wonder if I would be better selling all of this plus extras and just lumping some of the sale money to a FZ330 or possibly FZ1000?

I know that the IQ wont be the same but am not sure how much of a drop I will experience and although I do take the occasional good picture I would not in any way consider myself to be a real photographer or have the skills and capabilities to really get what can be achieved from the DSLR kit that I have.

I am not really using the equipment other than a couple of times a year on holidays and occasional days out and dont actively go places to do photography so considering that with the fact when I do I really like to get decent pictures can anyone who maybe has done the same or just decided to move from DSLR to bridge provide some thoughts to steer me in one direction or the other?

Thanks in advance and I know the answers will be very subjective from a personal POV but just dont know whether to bite the bullet and make the change?
 
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I've never used a FZ330 but on a similar line... I have a TZ100 which is a 1" sensor compact with a 25-250mm zoom. I also have a FF Sony A7 and Panasonic MFT cameras.

Based on my experience with the TZ100 I think these 1" cameras see a drop in image quality and especially dynamic range when compared to the MFT cameras I have and I'd expect the gap to open more with the FZ330 which has a smaller sensor again (I mean smaller than 1".)

I think these long zoom range cameras can make a lot of sense especially if you can resist pixel peeping and worrying about noise and DR which may lead to the danger of blown skies but if completely giving up FF or even APS-C cameras I think I'd be happier with at least a 1" sensor. This would mean paying more though.

Maybe a 1" bridge or MFT body and just one or two lenses could be an option? May be a 14-42mm and 45-150mm? Or a 14-140mm and a 17mm f1.8? With MFT you'd lose some zoom length compared to a bridge and you'd have the faff on of changing lenses but you'd get image quality which would very possibly be a step up from what you'd get from a bridge camera but if you can be happy with a long zoom smaller sensor bridge camera then... why not?

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Have you seen this thread...

https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/t...ameras-sony-rx10-panasonic-fz1000-etc.624521/
 
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I think an FZ330 would be a too big a drop for you personally, but you might be pleasantly surprised at the FZ1000. I only print to A4 and the noise from the smaller sensor isn't noticeable on the prints, whereas it's faintly visible on a monitor screen compared to my larger sensored cameras. Great for just picking up and going out to take some pics though.
 
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I think an FZ330 would be a too big a drop for you personally, but you might be pleasantly surprised at the FZ1000. I only print to A4 and the noise from the smaller sensor isn't noticeable on the prints, whereas it's faintly visible on a monitor screen compared to my larger sensored cameras. Great for just picking up and going out to take some pics though.
OK, good feedback, I have been looking at reviews and am nervous now as a lot of comments are suggesting there is a big drop in quality from DSLR to one of these (even the 1000) so might need to get some more comparisons before making the decision
 
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I tried the 1" sensor type cameras but for me the drop in IQ was too much, obviously this is all very subjective. I'm a big fan of the m4/3 system though and it doesn't have to be any bigger than a bridge camera.

That being said, any camera that you are happy to use and carry around is far better than one you don't use :smashin: For the occasional snap shot I'm 'happy' to use my iPhone. Having the dual cameras (28mm and 50mm eq) has made it much more versatile imo.
 
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This is part of my issue, having just switched from Iphone to the Hauwai Mate 20 pro (yes I know about the risks from the orange chap in the US) but the quality of the pictures from the phone are quite stunning, at least every one I have taken so far, is making me wonder how often I will actually take a big camera ((DSLR or otherwise) out and about!
 
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There is a website called pixelpeeper that has real world full res samples from just about every good camera or lens going.

You can go through them noting the ISO use and apertures and decide if good enough for yourself.
 
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What will you be doing with the photographs? Web use only? Printing small or large? For most people, most of the time, a phone or small sensor camera is good enough IMO. It's only when you want to start doing stuff that's more technically challenging - or need to print properly large and / or view up close - that an interchangeable lens camera comes into it's own. A decent 1" sensor bridge or compact would be an excellent choice, or even something like an LX100 (mk1 or 2) with a M43 sensor.
 
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For the price of the FZ330, around £300-£400, you could get a Lumix GX800 that would be smaller than the FZ330 and give you the oppertunity of switch lenses as required...
 
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My Mrs and her friends take pictures that look absolutely lovely on their smart phones and tablets and it's only when I look at them closely on my pc that I see issues such as movement blur and noise etc. Actually the only obvious issue I see regularly on phone and tablet pictures is blown skies.

I've never been interested in phones and I dislike using screens and jabbing at them to take pictures, I much prefer using a recognisable camera so no matter how good smart phones get I'll probably always prefer a camera.

I have been tempted by the idea of a do it all camera like a long range bridge but some of these cameras are quite expensive and I'm nervous of spending a lot on something with a fixed lens as if any contamination gets on to the sensor I can't clean it. Sensor contamination may be less of an issue than with an interchangeable lens camera but when it does happen it'll mean an expensive trip to a repair shop whereas I can clean the sensors of my A7 and Panasonic MFT cameras easily. This may be an irrational fear but I suppose that bridge cameras can suffer sensor contamination and it's a thought that I have difficulty getting past so in the op's position and wanting to really slim the kit down I think I'd stick to a camera, maybe MFT, and maybe just two lenses, a long range zoom and a fast prime as those two lenses would cover enough for me. Either that or a MFT camera with a fast prime and a compact camera for wider or longer shots in good light.
 
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My Mrs and her friends take pictures that look absolutely lovely on their smart phones and tablets and it's only when I look at them closely on my pc that I see issues such as movement blur and noise etc. Actually the only obvious issue I see regularly on phone and tablet pictures is blown skies.

I've never been interested in phones and I dislike using screens and jabbing at them to take pictures, I much prefer using a recognisable camera so no matter how good smart phones get I'll probably always prefer a camera.

I have been tempted by the idea of a do it all camera like a long range bridge but some of these cameras are quite expensive and I'm nervous of spending a lot on something with a fixed lens as if any contamination gets on to the sensor I can't clean it. Sensor contamination may be less of an issue than with an interchangeable lens camera but when it does happen it'll mean an expensive trip to a repair shop whereas I can clean the sensors of my A7 and Panasonic MFT cameras easily. This may be an irrational fear but I suppose that bridge cameras can suffer sensor contamination and it's a thought that I have difficulty getting past so in the op's position and wanting to really slim the kit down I think I'd stick to a camera, maybe MFT, and maybe just two lenses, a long range zoom and a fast prime as those two lenses would cover enough for me. Either that or a MFT camera with a fast prime and a compact camera for wider or longer shots in good light.
TBH most of the time I can still clearly see the difference between a smartphone image and one taken on my m4/3, let alone the FF. That being said, smartphone pictures are really good and I've got some that I'm perfectly happy with.
 
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I guess I'm asking why you'd want to down-grade? Size? weight? Speed? A bridge camera has most of the disadvantages of a DSLR (i.e. it's bulky, often slower handling AND image quality sucks a bit*). For something you really will carry all the time then a phone is a viable option now, and if you wanted something a bit better for holidays then an M43 body with 12-100mm lens would be both small & versatile while still giving better images than a bridge camera.

In your situation I'd probably swap the 24-70 for the 24-105 f4 + a nifty 50 or 35 f2 for low light on the D750.

*Having owned a Samsung compact from 2006, I bought a bridge camera in 2013 to take on holiday to Zimbabwe, and I was so disappointed with picture quality that I traded it and bought my first DSLR.
 
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I've been using a fz330 for the last two weeks,I was given it as a present and I have found it okay for snaps but there is a lot of noise even at iso 100 and f2.8. It also suffers from chromatic aberration. Will stick to my DSLR
 
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I've just sold my d750 and 4-5 lenses. Because I took nearly no picture at all in the last 6 months. It will probably be the best camera I have ever owned. The high iso perfomance is so good on this camera nothing I have own compares...

Before the d750 I had a little time with a lumix LX100 and I loved it, now there is the LX100ii out and i've been looking at this. Trouble is the LX100 is prone at getting dust stuck inside and mine did. So I didn't to run into this problem again.

So I just got a panasonic GX9 (which micro 4/3 camera) a 15mm f/1.7 (equivalent to a 30mm) and a 42.5mm f/1.8 (equivalent to a 85mm). Camera itself was 499£ (but I'll get 100£ cash back sometime soon). The lenses were 300£ and 200£. So all in it is 899£. I sold the D750 body itself for 740£ on ebay minus 1£ fee and paypal fee.

It's only been two weeks and I will probably miss the D750 a lot but if I do I'm sure I'll be able to buy another one for less that 740£ in a year time. I've already got a little burst of motivation and the very compact size does help too. I mean my walkabout lens on the D750 was the 24-120 f4. The GX9 and a small prime is a lot smaller maybe a quarter of the size/weight maybe less.

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The GX9 is seeming like a possible option having done some reading, the lens cost will eat into the spend but the camera and kit lens at £549 seems to be a reasonable outlay and the quality of the MFT but with a much smaller size/weight even with the kit vs. a prime (15mm f1.7 seems to be the best choice) or body only and a 12-35mm comes in around £1000 and feels almost like a straight swap of the 24-70 and d750 but at less than half the weight and size, or am I missing something?

Need to do some more digging around but the pictures above and reviews I have seen so far do seem quite promising.
 
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Hi, I did something similar a few years back.. I sold my D700 with a number of primes and bought a GX7 with 20mm lens.. it was great and did everything I needed. Yes it had a few comprises but overall was great. I ended up doing some family weddings so sold it and bought a D750.. but apart from the wedding I generally just use my phone or GoPro 5 for still shots.. what sort of photos will you be taking? I also had a Nikon Coolpix A and also a X100, all of which where great for general snapping.. but again my go to is the 35mm f/1.8 on the D750..

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Hi, I did something similar a few years back.. I sold my D700 with a number of primes and bought a GX7 with 20mm lens.. it was great and did everything I needed. Yes it had a few comprises but overall was great. I ended up doing some family weddings so sold it and bought a D750.. but apart from the wedding I generally just use my phone or GoPro 5 for still shots.. what sort of photos will you be taking? I also had a Nikon Coolpix A and also a X100, all of which where great for general snapping.. but again my go to is the 35mm f/1.8 on the D750..

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Have just picked up a G80 for £430 after £50 cashback (body only) as this one is weatherproof which was important to me - will pair with a 12-35 f2. 8 and 35-100 f2.8 for around £900 which seems a pretty good price for kit that, on face value, seems to be a pretty good switch and if I use it more and take it with me when I am out and about will be more than worth the trade offs that will likely be there from the Nikon kit
 
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